Global Health Diplomacy


Shaping and managing the global policy environment to improve health outcomes

Support the development of a more systematic and pro-active approach to identify and understand key current and future global changes impacting global public health and to better use the instruments of global health diplomacy to support the necessary global collective action that will be required to take advantage of the opportunities and to mitigate the risks for health that these global changes present.

Global health diplomacy brings together the disciplines of public health, international affairs, management, law and economics and focuses on negotiations that shape and manage the global policy environment for health. The relationship between health, foreign policy and trade is at the cutting edge of global health diplomacy. Issues of international trade impinge on health, often in significant ways. This is an especially challenging area for foreign diplomacy.

PUBLICATIONS

Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Volume 85, Number 12, December 2007.

Global health diplomacy: training across disciplines

Ilona Kickbusch, Thomas E Novotny, Nico Drager, Gaudenz Silberschmidt, Santiago Alcazar.

:: Health and Foreign Policy
This WHO Bulletin special issue focuses on Health and Foreign Policy (March 2007).

:: Negotiating health development
This book " Negotiating health development" by Drager, McClintock and Moffitt is designed to be used at any stage in the health development process by anyone who may wish to influence some aspect of that process. Cllick on the link to access full text.

UPCOMING WORKING PAPERS

The following papers are in draft form for restricted distribution only. They reflect work in progress. For information and hard copies, please write to globalization@who.int

-John Kirton, Jenilee Guebert. Moving Forward on Global Health Diplomacy: Implementing G8 and APEC Commitments. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008.

- David Fidler. Navigating the Global Health Terrain: Preliminary Considerations on Mapping Global Health Diplomacy. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008.

- Richard Smith, Melisa Martínez Álvarez. Global change and health: mapping the challenges of global non-healthcare influences on health. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008.

- William Onzivu. Health Diplomacy in East Africa. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008.

- Nina Veenstra and Alan Whiteside. Global health governance and the future of health systems in developing countries: will the focus on HIV/AIDS help to (re) construct health systems or is it a deflection of resources? Geneva, World Health Organization, 2006.

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